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Title: SOILCROP : an innovative conservation farmer's expert system for conservation farm planning
Authors: Gameda, S.
Dumanski, J.
Keywords: EXPERT SYSTEMS
DIAGNOSIS
SOIL DEGRADATION
SOIL MANAGEMENT
SOIL IMPROVEMENT
SOIL FERTILITY
CROP YIELD
CANADA
Date: 1997
Abstract: Expert systems, as tools for diagnosis and prognosis of major problems, can provide valuable information for on-farm decision making. SOILCROP was developed to utilize the knowledge base of innovative conservation farmers integrated with information from scientific literature. SOILCROP diagnoses the type and severity of soil degradation and associated crop yield impacts and develops recommendations for ameliorative practices. Qualitative information was combined with quantitative research data to develop the knowledge base for SOILCROP, thus illustrating one of the strong points of expert systems. Expert systems play the dual roles of knowledge synthesis as well as dissemination; during development of expert systems, required but unavailable information is readily identified. The development of SOILCROP has shown, the need for structuring research on agricultural management problems, based on the information required by farmers to make management decisions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/44356
Project Number: 002354
Project Title: Development of a Decision Support System for the Evaluation of Sustainable Land Management
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